Speaker Date Topic
Brian Sharp - Vacenti Aged Care Feb 24, 2020 12:30 PM

Our guest presenter is Information and Compliance Manager Mr Brian Sharp who has a wealth of experience in Aged Care Auditing and quality, compliance and training, offering a very interesting and thought provoking presentation around the Future of Aged care and what the government are doing to future proof our economy to provide for the baby boomers, Gen X and Y.

As Manager - Quality & Compliance Brian's role is to coordinate and oversee all quality and safety systems and to ensure the group complies with all legislative requirements for aged care facilities.




Ashleigh Dawson - Racing 4 Significance Mar 02, 2020 12:30 PM

The Racing 4 Significance Foundation supports the development of self-confidence in teenagers and encouraging responsible motoring practices. Ashleigh developed a passion for professional Drag Racing at a young age. He founded the Racing 4 Significance Foundation as a platform to give back, connect with and inspire the next generation of safe drivers.


Nigel Harris - Mater Foundation Mar 09, 2020 12:30 PM

Nigel Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of Queensland based Mater Foundation, one of Australia’s largest health care Foundations. He has been with the Mater for 24 years and has worked in fundraising for 35 years, specialising in the health and disability sectors.

He holds an MBA as well as qualifications in Public Relations and Marketing, and is a Fellow and past Chair of Fundraising Institute Australia.

Nigel is a Director of Act for Kids, a Queensland based child abuse charity, and serves on the Board of the non-profit sector peak body Community Council for Australia. As a past President of the Rotary Club of Albany Creek, Nigel is well known to Brisbane Rotary.


Nigel is coming in to address the Club meeting on mental health issues in the community and the establishment of the Mother Baby Family Unit. Greg McGann, Manager of Mater Young Adults Health Centre, will do a presentation on the latter as he is closely involved in the project.

Mikaela Staegert - Cambodia Volunteer Mar 16, 2020 12:30 PM
Sala Bai and my time in Cambodia
Sala Bai and my time in Cambodia

Mikaela is a supervisor at the Brisbane Club and soon to be a Ph.D candidate, but this week she will be talking about her activities over the past 5 years volunteering at Sala Bai Hotel School in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

"I was offered the position to go over as an English volunteer after my graduation of my bachelor degree in 2015. Since then returning I have created wonderful friendships and seen how my students have grown to have homes, stable jobs and new families. I am happy to be returning in April this year for another 3 weeks with the school."

About the School: The school takes about 150 students per year from underprivileged communities around the province. These students are given the opportunity to work in one of five different departments including: restaurant, front office, housekeeping, cooking and beauty therapy. The school provides transportation, housing, food, teachers, social support, and English learning whilst they do their training. They also have the opportunity to do internships with different 5 star hotels during the course. Once they graduated the school provides them time to find a job and always welcomes the students back for alumni events. This NGO is a French run organisation that is continually offering more Cambodians a chance at developing skills that will aid them for life.

Gerrard Gosens - Ovations Mar 23, 2020 12:30 PM
Gerrard Gosens is recognised as one of the most outstanding people in Australia today. He was honoured with an Order of Australia (OAM) award which was conferred in recognition of his outstanding service to sport and to people who are blind or who have low vision. Later this year, Gerrard will also receive the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal in Taiwan, which has been recognized by international media as 'The Nobel of Life'.
In a television world-first, the blind adventurer and three-time Paralympian, faced one of his greatest challenges when he took to the dance floor on Ch 7's 'Dancing with the Stars' and made it to the semi-final. While the show was the first glimpse of this inspirational man for many Australians, corporate audiences have been motivated and uplifted by Gerrard's life story for many years. As a guest speaker, Gerrard is in demand to share the challenges he has overcome, his incredible achievements and the valuable lessons he has learnt along the way. This is a truly inspirational story, told with humility and a huge dose of humour.
Congenitally blind, Gerrard became Australia's youngest guide dog recipient at age sixteen. Using a laptop with speech output to assist his studies, Gerrard achieved an exceptional high school score and gained entrance to the Bachelor of Business Management at Queensland University of Technology. Gerrard's impressive academic achievements are matched by his skill and success at sport.
Living by the philosophy, 'Success is a journey, not a destination', Gerrard jokes he has hit many signposts along the way while training for his chosen sport of long distance running. Gerrard has competed in many marathons and has run 2,000 km from Cairns to Brisbane five times to raise money for charity. This blind adventurer has also co-piloted an ultra light motorglider around Queensland three times to raise funds for charity.
Katarina Carroll - Queensland Police Commissioner May 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Katarina Carroll joined the Queensland Police Service in 1983, working in general duties, then as a detective in the drug squad, crime operations and ethical standards. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the 2008 Australia Day Honours. In 2014, Carroll served as Operations Commander for the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Carroll joined the new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in December 2014 as acting commissioner and was officially appointed to the role on 1 August 2015.

On 23 April 2019, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Carroll would succeed Ian Stewart as Commissioner of Queensland Police upon Stewart's retirement in July 2019. Carroll was appointed Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service on 8 July.

In October 2019 Carroll was named one of The Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence in the Public Policy category